Register: Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture with guest speaker Ms Amina J. Mohammed

Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture with Guest Speaker Amina J. Mohammed
Topic: “Decade of Action for the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals): So What?
Date:     Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Time:    18:30 - 19:30 SAST
Platform:    Microsoft Teams live event

About our speaker:

Ms Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group. Prior to her appointment, Ms Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment.

Ms Mohammed first joined the United Nations in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the responsibility for post-2015 development planning. She led the process that resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Her career started while working on the design of schools and clinics in Nigeria. She served as an advocate focused on increasing access to education and other social services, before moving into the public sector, where she rose to the position of adviser to three successive Presidents on poverty, public sector reform, and sustainable development.

Several honorary doctorates have been conferred on Ms Mohammed and she has served as an adjunct professor, lecturing on international development. The recipient of various global awards, Ms Mohammed has served on numerous international advisory boards and panels. She is the mother of six children and has two grandchildren.


The Deputy Secretary-General will underscore the pivotal nature of the current moment, with the world facing not only a pandemic but also an economic upheaval, climate disruption and rising geopolitical tensions. She will explain how the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals offer a pathway for recovering from COVID-19 and addressing the inequalities, vulnerabilities and fragilities that the disease has exacerbated or exposed. Finally, she will stress that despite the daunting nature of the challenges, transformation is possible, and in that spirit will highlight examples of innovation and success that should give us all hope and spark global engagement across the Decade of Action to deliver by 2030.